Although the glory days seem to have been left behind, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 32, is still able to produce some high-quality tennis for an extended period of time. Apparently out of nowhere, he is now one of the few contenders to claim the last available seat for the Nitto ATP Finals in London, the final showdown of the ATP season. Currently ranked 15th in the world, the former top 10 player and 2008 Australian Open runner-up, Tsonga went wild recently, especially after winning the title last week in Antwerp, Belgium. A week later, he is into another ATP final, this time an ATP 500 event where his fellow countryman Lucas Pouille awaits.

Tsonga put together some solid tennis at Erste Bank Open 500

Tsonga entered the event seeded eighth in men's singles draw. Once again, the indoors hard condition seemed to suit him perfectly. His first two matches were the hardest as he had to dig deep into a third set to get past Karen Khachanov (42 ATP) and Damir Dzumhur (31 ATP). Onchehe settled in, things went on a smoother path as he got past the first seed and the world No. 4 Alexander Zverev in straight sets. Later, he backed up that win with another perfect display against Phillipp Kohlschreiber (34 ATP). Lucas Pouille is next in line with the 23-year-old seeking a first win over Tsonga.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is one match away from winning his fifth title in 2017 and the fourth in indoors conditions.

The title in Antwerp was the latest of a long series in similar conditions. Earlier this year, The Frenchman prevailed in Rotterdam, an ATP 500 event. He won another ATP 250 title in Marseille. He has a short moment of glory on clay court too winning the event in Lyon, France.

A tight race to wrap up the last ticket for the ATP Finals

While everyone seems to be talking about how Juan Martin del Potro can clinch the last spot for London, Tsonga has been left outside of the debate for a while. The fun fact is that he is in a better place than the Argentine. Statistically, he has a better chance to win over Pouille than del Potro to top Federer in Basel.

If Tsonga wins today he will surpass del Potro in ATP Race. Moreover, next week both are expected to compete in Paris, the last Masters 1000 event of the year and the only one held in indoors condition. Also on French soil, it would definitely provide better leverage for Tsonga.

But the race for the last ticket in London isn't only about these two as Kevin Anderson, Sam Querrey or Pablo Carreno Busta are expected to dig as deep as they can get next week at Paris Bercy.